(Bangalore, Mysore, Coorg, Wayanad, Cochin, Thekkady, Kumarakom)
Start your trip in Bangalore, once called the "Garden City of India". The city is now known as "Silicon Valley of India". Visit the famous Iskon Temple and Coban Park along with other attractions. Up next is Mysore; the second cleanest and most well planned city in India. Here you will have an opportunity to see the oplulent Mysore Palace. Continue on to the beautiful and lush landscape of Coorg. This region boasts endless mountains and is a paradise for any nature lover. Drive to Wayanad and visit the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary along with a tour of the city. Proceed to Calicut for your five hour train ride to Cochin. No trip in India is complete without a train ride. Cochin is a bustling port and the financial capital of Kerala. Here, amongst other attractions visit the Paradesi Synagogue which was built in 1568. Drive to Thekkady and take a spice tour. Find out where and how the spices in your kitchen are grown and processed. And finally, end this mesmerizing trip in Kumarakom, better known as the "Backwaters of Kerala".
Airport transfer with private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking assistant.
The Chancery Pavilion Hotel offers a very convenient location in the heart of the largest city of the Karnataka Indian State, close to the airport, the train station and the Exhibition Centre. A stay at this luxurious Bangalore 5-star hotel is a unique experience for international business travellers, who can combine pleasant work days with a rich choice of leisure facilities. The hotel's numerous services include ample halls and rooms for meetings, banquets, receptions, conferences and seminars, world class international cuisine and dishes, served in the hotel's restaurants, each with its own distinctive character, a fitness centre offering health and wellness facilities and an outdoor swimming pool.
Private guided tour of Coban Park, which houses over 1000 species of flora which include rare and enchanting collection of tropical plants, trees and herbs. The Garden is the centre of attraction in the park. The Glass House is modeled along London's Crystal Palace
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Mysore. (140 Kms/ 3 Hrs)
15 km from Mysore, Srirangapatnam features eighteenth century Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan built in the Indo-Saracenic style. A small museum exhibiting Tipu's trivia, the Gumbaz, which is the mausoleum of Tipu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali and Jami Masjid with its slender minarets are other places to visit here.
Windflower Spa and Resort is a luxury Spa located at Mysore (Karnataka, India). Windflower Spa offers rejuvenation and curative treatments from the ancient traditions of Bali, Europe and India and is one the best options for accommodation in the city of Mysore which is visited for the famous Mysore Palace and is part of South India heritage Inbound Itinerary. Windflower Spa is also a popular option for corporates for their meets.
Breakfast at the hotel & proceed for full day sightseeing of Mysore city. Sightseeing tour starts with the visit to Philomena Church – constructed in 1936 using a Neo Gothic style and architecture inspired by cologne cathedral in German. Thereafter visit Mysore Palace - The Mysore Palace is known as an excellent combination of Dravidian, Indo-Saracenic, Oriental and Roman styles of architecture. This Maharaja's Palace is a beautiful three storied stone building of fine grey granite and rich pink marble domes, overlooking this structure is a five-storied 145 foot tower whose domes are gilded in gold.
Next on the visit is The Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery – A Fine art gallery which has collection of paintings and artefacts that once belonged to the Wodeyars of Mysore. The Jayachamarajendra art gallery has a remarkable collection of Rembrandt paintings. This collection is so unique that such works of Rembrandt can be found nowhere in the world except in Russia. Post which you will break for lunch (on your own; Guide will assist you with the available options as per your preference). After lunch excursion to Chamundi hills (13 kms from Mysore) - Perched atop a hill is a 12th century temple of Chamundershwari. The gigantic 4.8 meter tall monolith of Nandi the sacred vehicle of Lord Shiva is a marvel to watch. Also close to the temple stands a gigantic statue of the demon Mahishasura. Retun to city for visit to local market – Devraj market famous for mysore silk, handicrafts & other ethnic products.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Coorg.
Bylakuppe is the Tibetitan Refugee resettlement, location of "Lugsum Samdupling" (established in 1961) and "Dickyi Larsoe" (established in 1969), in the west of Mysore district. The nearest town is Kushalnagar in Kodagu 50 kms from Mysore. The Tibetian refugees make up a population of about 10,000 in India. Bylakuppe consists of a number of small camps/agricultural settlements close to each other, and has a number of monasteries, nunneries and temples in all the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Most notable among them are the large educational monastic institution Sera, the smaller Tashilunpo monastery (both in the Gelukpa tradition) and Namdroling monastery (in the Nyingma tradition).
Bordered by the legendary river Cauvery and surrounded by virginal forests, Orange County, Coorg is a 300 acre working plantation resort perched at a height of 800 m that gives you the most luxurious introduction yet into the deepest secrets of this mystic mountain. Come, allow the spirit of the land to infuse your very being and coax you gently on a personal voyage of discovery.
Private guided Madikeri city tour: Madikeri Fort - The fort was initially constructed of mud, only to be replaced later by a stronger one in stone by Tipu Sultan, who ruled for a brief period over this region in the 18th century. Tipu’s fort is an essential feature of the town even today. Raja’s Seat, a favourite spot of the kings from where one can see the sweep of the mist-covered blue hills and valleys with green fields. The kings used to sit here every evening enjoying the sunset and beauty of Coorg. The Omkareshwar Temple, dedicated to both Shiva and Vishnu, is almost 200 years old and is a surprising blend of Islamic and Gothic styles. Nature Walk Coorg presents the perfect weather and opportunity to discover the naturalist in you. Go trekking in the adjoining Dubare Reserve Forest with a guide. Learn all about the birds and the beasts, and understand how each tree has a story to tell. Listen to jungle lore under a canopy of multi-hued green, and come back with a greater knowledge of the forest system and a higher sensitivity to the eco system.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Wayanad.
Vythiri Resort: at the heart of a picturesque Waynad district, 2600 ft above sea level-escape to the lap of nature at the heart of virgin, lush, tropical rain forests amidst pristine breathtaking vistas. A magical, romantic getaway tucked away in a lush tropical rainforest. Vythiri Resort it's a state of mind, a magical, romantic getaway. Ayurveda is an age old intricate system of healing that originated in India which deals with the mental, spiritual and physical body complex. At Vythri amidst a visual feast of the plantation, spice farms and wildlife, Ayurveda is more than just a medical system. The wellness packages included are based on scientifically proven Ayurveda therapies practiced in Kerala since ages.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary – Better known as the Wayand Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 1973, is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the northeast and Mudumalai forest. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which has been established with the specific objective of conserving the biological heritage of the region. The sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. In the afternoon, visit various plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber etc. Later visit Pookot Lake, a natural fresh water lake on the Western Ghats. This Lake is one of its kind in Kerala, and sports a fresh water aquarium with numerous varieties of fish. This natural lake surrounded by hills and meadows provides an excellent picnic spot, a opportunity for a relaxing boat ride or fishing in the lake.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Calicut.
Transfer today from Calicut to Cochin. Approximate travel time 4.5 hrs. 1st Class A/C Chair Car.
Housed in a heritage building right in the historical center of Fort Kochi, The Malabar House faces St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. It is the first Heritage Hotel in South India to be classified as a Heritage Classic Hotel by the Government of India. Designed to the last detail and furbished with select antiques and art, The Malabar House seamlessly combines tradition and contemporary design. The feel is small, cozy and personal, a heaven amidst this vibrant yet historical harbor city. The Malabar House Hotel in Cochin has 17 rooms which are divided into different categories such as Deluxe rooms, Roof Garden suites, and Duplex Malabar suites. Dine at Malabar Junction and enjoy a show at the Malabar House.
Private guided tour of Kochi (Cochin). The first stop is the Paradesi Synagogue, built in 1568, it is the oldest synagogue in Commonwealth of Nations. The synagogue is magnificently decorated with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. The Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. A short boat ride to Bolghatty is the Dutch palace offering a fantastic view of the city. This palace is notable for some of the best mythological murals in India, particularly in the bed chambers. In that room one can see the entire story of Ramayana on the walls. The palace also contains rare examples of traditional Kerala flooring, which looks like polished black marble but is actually a mixture of burned coconut shells, charcoal, lime, plant juices and egg whites.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with your local guide.
Enjoy a Kathakali dance performance. Dating back to the 17th century, it originated in the south Indian state of Kerala. The word Kathakali literally means "Story-Play". It is known for its large, elaborate makeup and costumes. Usually performed only by men, the actors rely heavily on hand gestures to convey their story.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Thekkady.
Private guided tour of a Kerala spice plantation, where you can see natural pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and nutmeg. The spice plantations in Kerala are captivating farms to wander in, since different spices are cultivated in different sections of each plantation. While exploring the Kerala spice plantations, you can go for nature walks, bird watching treks, taste the various spices and breathe in the fragrant air.
The Land Where Pepper Grows. Spice Village is located in the Periyar wilderness, high in the western ghats of Kerala. For centuries, the area attracted voyagers and adventurers, mercenaries and empire builders, kings and merchant princes. Men and women drawn not only by the lure of spices, but by the romance and wild beauty of the land. The Portuguese and the Jews of Cochin visited as traders, turning the natural bounties of the area into wealth. Pepper and cardamom, cinnamon and ginger, nutmeg, mace and anise the Periyar hills became nature's taste factory in the 14th century, as Cochin became nature's harbour, the port of lading for a spice-hungry world. Today, it's the rainforests, the animals and the vast silences that attract the modern visitor.
Guided tour of Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve set high in the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats. The park has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Altogether 62 different kinds of mammal have been recorded in Periyar, including almost 1000 elephants and gaur, sambar (horse deer), barking deer, mouse deer, Dholes (Indian wild dogs), mongoose and leopards. Though it's called the tiger reserve, there are hardly any tigers left in the sanctuary.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Kumarakom.
Alleppey is spread through canals, lakes & lagoons. Your private guided tour by boat includes sailing down a maze of canals where one sees different scenes from the villages, paddy fields, coconut palms, fishermen and local life.
Coconut Lagoon is a boutique hotel located in an abandoned coconut plantation on the shores of the Vemabanad Lake. An ideal getaway for romantic holidays and family gatherings, this hotel charms you with its serenity, country side charm and greenery. Kumarakom, where the hotel is situated, is a favourite among holiday makers who are longing for a respite from the bustling city life. Coconut Lagoon captures all the nuances of this quaint little island, and tops it off with supreme facilities. This resort is surrounded by backwaters and is accessible only by boat.
Enjoy a private tour of the Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Spread across 14 acres the sanctuary is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian storks that live here. The best way to watch the birds is a boat trip round the islands.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Cochin. (90 Kms/ 2.5 Hrs)
Depart from Kochi international airport - end of itinerary.
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March 14, 2011
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March 10, 2010
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February 24, 2010
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